The American people, in particular, have always excelled at adapting and thriving. At our core, we are practical innovators wrapped in a fearless bravado and big picture dreamers with one foot grounded in reality.
As a budding nation we Americans empowered and charged each and every citizen to find the courage necessary and seek the knowledge required to keep our nation strong and vibrant.
Yet there seems to be a constant refrain from the media and politicians these days that the American people don’t like change. Or that we are afraid of change. But I think they are wrong. I think they have misread both the situation and the American people. We are mired, now, as a nation, not by fear but by misplaced trust.
When we as citizens entrusted corporations and our government with our power, when we, as citizens, entrusted the media with our knowledge and when we, as citizens, allowed fatigue and frustration to overcome our courage, we lost our ability to trust ourselves and enchained our creative and critical thoughts.
Our way forward now, as it has always been throughout history, will be by creating and adapting to changes. And whether those changes are big or small, all will require our active participation. Each and every one of us will need to find our courage, expand our knowledge, and responsibly wield our individual powers.
And, though she is not an American, it seems somehow fitting to conclude with music by someone who is discovering her courage and learning how to create and adapt to change.
Go Ms. Boyle!!
You are a heartwarming inspiration to us all!
A beautiful recording of Wild Horses by Susan Boyle (without video).
[Also posted at No Quarter]